Hey guys! Remember those gorgeous blue waters that I posted on my Instagram not too long ago? We took a family year-end trip to Cabo, Mexico during my break from filming – can you say relaxing – and I have been wanting to share the pics ever since!
It was our first trip out of the country with Ariah and we decided to head to San Jose Del Cabo and the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa. We wanted a resort with something to offer for all of us and still feel like Adam and I had some adult time. The beachfront location is where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean and our room had a gorgeous front row view. I got much needed spa time and it was amazing!
It was so nice to just hang out with Adam, Aden and Ariah. The chaos of our jobs and the busy holiday season just melted away. It’s so important to take time off when it’s needed, and I couldn’t have asked for better company.
Of course, even the most relaxing family trips still include tons of playtime. This was a big break for Aden after being in school this fall, so he needed the vacay too! He had a great time enjoying the hotel’s children programs and daycare.
Had to get some blog pics of course. This is a view from the JW’s lobby!
Love this pic Adam snapped… Sums up our trip perfectly. I had a chance to recharge and reflect on what this past year with my growing babies was like. Parenting is always a roller coaster, and getting a little time to unwind lets your brain refresh. In these moments, I couldn’t help but sit back in awe of all that God has blessed me with.
Hope you enjoyed scrolling through all the photos from Part 1 of Aden’s 4th birthday bash. All of those treats were delicious! But the bubble machine wasn’t the only activity for the kids at the party (even though it was quite the hit), we also had a photo booth, face painting, and more:
One of the best parts of the day was when we all sat down to an incredible magic show from the magicians at Happily Ever Laughter. We had already had the treats, so it was time for the tricks…
Of course Aden got to participate in the fun. It was a huge hit and these guys are so talented.
Like I mentioned in Part 1, Aden wasn’t feeling his ghost costume when it came time to actually dress up for the party. But it finally made an appearance!
One of Aden’s favorite parts of the day was cake time.
Cake cutting is very serious business.
And yep, the cake was as yummy as it looks.
Safe to say Ariah and the rest of the fam had a fantastic time at the party too. Love, love spending time with everyone–thanks to all who came out! See the first part of Aden’s party here.
Are you ready for part one of my recap of Aden’s birthday party? Even though his official birthday isn’t here until the 12th, he loves Halloween and dressing up so much that we knew he would have a ton of fun at a costume party. Ghostbusters made for an amazing family costume and jumping off point for our Halloween-inspired birthday bash, even though when the day came, Aden didn’t want to wear his ghost costume anymore. Kids, lol. But there was so much to do, he had a blast regardless…
We had yummy treats like candy apples and autumn pies, as well as other snacks catered by Bite Catering. My talented assistant Amy was behind the table accents… So impressive!
For spooky centerpieces, we had cauldrons filled with dry ice and water so the little ones could stand back and watch in amazement.
Sibling pic! So many of our family and friends were able to make it to the party, which is what really made the day so great.
Then it was time for Aden to open his gifts. Ariah wasn’t so sure about her hat at the beginning of the day, but she warmed up to it.
Party planning tip for those of you with little ones? Two words: Bubble. Machine.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Aden’s party, where we recap the magic show and cake cutting! So fun.
Hey everyone! Did you see all the cute pictures I posted of Aden and Ariah at the pumpkin patch? These two have the most fun together and we all had a blast on our family outing. I haven’t posted an Aden’s Style guide for you all since I wrote about his activewear essentials back in July, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for a style post in honor of the fall season.
Aden LOVES his rain boots. He seriously never wants to take them off! Lately a white T and rain boots are his favorite outfit, but we managed to dress him up in some dark jeans and a jacket for the day. Believe me, it’s not always easy getting this one to pose for pictures… But so worth it in the end ;)
One thing every parent goes through with their children: potty training. No surprise there – this is something all kids go through. The most important thing is to get your little ones comfortable with this transition. It’s unfamiliar terrain to them, so the biggest hurdle is putting them at ease. My secret?
As you can imagine, making it a game is a great way to make them feel more comfortable and at ease. When I was training Aden, I would tell him it’s time to play a game called Shoot the Cheerios. It’s not necessarily the type of game that matters, but that they feel relaxed and open to learning what you have to teach them.
Naturally we had to incorporate the Cheerios into our beachy home décor.
Positive reinforcement is also really important. It’s what tells children they’re on the right track, and they’ll feel accomplished with their achievements. That’s why I love little art prints like this throughout our house.
Quick Potty Training Tips
Make this a laidback, fun experience – it doesn’t have to be serious!
This time in their lives is full of information overload, the simpler, the better
Some parents reinforce success by cheering them on, adding stickers or marks on a chart, or giving a special prize/treat – but no matter what, the important thing is that they know when they’re doing it right.
Encourage them when they have a setback – accidents happen after all
Be prepared for a relapse – this can happen and usually it’s a result of other changes in their life. At first, Aden did that for a little while – he wanted to be like his baby sister! So the fun game came in handy here, and he was back on track.
If you follow me on Instagram you might’ve seen me post about Aden’s latest summer project… Gardening! My favorite thing about the summer is all the time we get to spend just hanging out together outdoors. You don’t have to go on a road trip or vacation to soak up the sun – as you know from Aden and Ariah’s kiddie pool fun, it’s all about getting creative and finding new ways to enjoy the season together.
Aden is the shadow of Adam, guys. Adam is always keeping our gardens fresh and healthy, and Aden has started helping out – mimicking his every move. Kids this age just really want to be involved, and by welcoming their input and including them on household projects and hobbies, they learn from your expertise. They’re so impressionable and are soaking it all in. Plus, he’s getting good!
The goods. A family that gardens together stays together! We each have our own tools.
What’s your favorite low-key summer activity? And how do your little ones help out around the house?